Kamiak wins Tom Dolan Invitational
Knights win golf tourney for fourth time in past five years
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Stanwood's Reece Esary hits a shot during the Tom Dolan Invitational at Everett Golf and Country Club on Monday.
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Austin Sigl of Lake Stevens High school marks his scorecard during the Tom Dolan Invitational at Everett Golf and Country Club.
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Anthony Allen of Arlington High school watches one his drive during the Tom Dolan Invitational at Everett Golf and Country Club.
Thanks to a 2-under-par 70 from Joe Fryer and a 71 from Chris Hatch, Kamiak held off Glacier Peak to win the 11th Annual Tom Dolan Invitational Monday afternoon at the Everett Golf and Country Club.
The Grizzlies put some pressure on the Knights late, finishing second with a team score of 309, 13 strokes behind Kamiak (296). In the golf event's 11-year history, Kamiak and Jackson are the only schools to hoist the winner's trophy.
Kamiak, the defending champion, won the invitational for the fourth time in the past five years. But Glacier Peak made an impression on Knights' head coach Jeff Tobin.
"Glacier Peak is 3A, so we don't really see them," Tobin said. "I had no idea what level of players Glacier Peak had, but obviously they have a good team."
Glacier Peak's Ben Richards shot a 4-under 68 -- the best score of his career -- to win medalist honors. According to Richards, it was the first time he finished an event under par.
"It's a really nice, prestigious event," said Richards, a junior at Glacier Peak. "It'll be nice to get my name on the trophy -- that can't be taken off ever."
The 11th run of the Dolan Invitational -- on the 18-hole, par-72 course -- boasted 120 participants from 24 local schools -- including 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A classifications. Each school had five golfers, with the four lowest golfers counting toward the team score.
Tobin said keeping the winner's trophy in Kamiak's possession was a huge goal for his team.
"We won it last year," said Tobin, who has coached the Knights for 15 years. "We had that in front of us. We wanted to win again. ... To have the trophy is an honor and to hang on to it is a real goal."
Kamiak was able to accomplish that goal thanks in large part to Fryer and Hatch. Fryer tied for second-place with Shorewood's Chris Babcock, last year's winner, and Hatch finished in a three-way tie for fourth place.
"They're pushing each other all the time," Tobin said of teammates Fryer and Hatch. "They're both great players."
Fryer, a sophomore, finished tied for second -- with a score of 72 -- in his first Dolan Invitational last year. This time around, he missed the fairway on his first five shots, but was able to come back and help his team pull out a victory.
"Whenever I had a bogey I bounced back," Fryer said. "... I'm satisfied. It could have been a little better."
Tyler Singer shot a 79 for Kamiak and finished tied for 21st with six other golfers. Tobin praised the junior who didn't make the team last year, after making the team as a freshman.
"He worked so hard," Tobin said. "... Then he puts up a good score. That was a big score for us."
Glacier Peak's Josh Reines (76) and Conner Denessen (78) both finished in the top-20 to help the Grizzlies to their second-place finish.
"I'm proud of my guys, all of them," said Glacier Peak coach Jeff Cornish,
Snohomish (312) ushered in a run of Wesco North teams with its third-place finish, followed by Stanwood (317) and Arlington (318). Everett (318) tied for fifth, Lake Stevens (322) was seventh and Jackson (326) finished eighth.
Cornish praised the event, which he called a "unique and special opportunity for high school players to play a 101-year old country club."
"For some players this is as big as it gets," Cornish said. "It's a very special experience whether you finish first or last."
The Dolan Invitational is named after the Dolan family. The Everett Golf and Country Club hosts the Dolan Invitational every year, and invites all the local schools to attend.
"This family invested in these guys' experiences," Cornish said while gesturing toward Richards. "Most of whom would never have an opportunity to play here."
Tobin said the Dolan Invite, which takes place about halfway through the high school golf season, is a good way to see where his team stacks up against the area's schools that it doesn't see as much, like Glacier Peak.
"It's fun and it's also a good measurement of where you're at, for the individual players," Tobin said. "... You're going to see some players that you wouldn't normally see."
Tom Dolan Invitational
At Everett Golf & Country Club
18 holes, par 72
Team scores: Kamiak 296, Glacier Peak 309, Snohomish 312, Stanwood 317, Arlington 318, Everett 318, Lake Stevens 322, Jackson 326, Shorewood 338, Archbishop Murphy 343, Cascade 349, South Whidbey 354, Marysville Getchell 355, Marysville Pilchuck 358, Kings 361, Shorecrest 363, Monroe 363, Edmonds Woodway 364, Meadowdale 365, Oak Harbor 378, Lynnwood 378, Mountlake Terrace 401, Lakewood 428, Mariner 465
Arlington: Anthony Allen 73, Nick Rothrock 78, Jack Lindley 82, Cody McLane 85, Karl Bielser 93. Lake Stevens: Austin Sigl 75, Anthony Guerrero 80, Kolby Girard 82, Erik Lundquist 85, Conner Bayha 86. Marysville Pilchuck: Bruce Crawford 82, Connor Martinis 85, Alec Lorig 95, Todd Lester 96, Tony Preston 104. Monroe: Owen Fenner 79, Brenden Bear 89; Chris Peterson 96, David Garrison 99, Cooper Martin 104. Snohomish: Zach Martinson 76, Tanner Perry 78, Michael Siderius 79, Sean Brill 79, Jacob Baird 82. Stanwood: Halen Davis 71, Brennan Williams 79, Reece Esary 81, Nate Merkling Haus 87. Cascade: Chris Olson 83, Austin Olsen 86, Bryce Kay 88, Cameron Metcalfe 92, Travis Theime 109. Edmonds-Woodway: Dylan Merrill 82, Jack Parsley 90, Keaton Yalowicki 95, Karl Gerde 97 Marcus Lynch 101, Jackson: Kyle Cornett 71, Adam Kennedy 81, David Won 84 Jacob Berg 90, Joe Gallagher 90. Kamiak: Joe Fryer 70, Chris Hatch 71, Matt Kornegay 76, Tyler Singer 79, Brian Moon 84. Mariner: Wis Joemjumroon 87, Braden Bach 121, Arindham Vaid 123, Donovan Speer 134, Hunter Green 135. Everett: Mike Simpson 77, Jared Heman 78, TJ Lewis 79, Alex Raynor 84, Avery Barton 87. Glacier Peak: Ben Richards 68, Josh Reines 76, Conner Denessen 78, Taylor Gildersleeve 87. Marysville Getchell: David Fugate 84, Gage St. John 86, Ryan Clausen 90, Bryson Lechner 95, Andrew Vavrousek 117. Shorecrest: Alex Stine 89, Trent Jones 90 Konrad Otani 91, RJ Esserjose 93, Nathan Hannah 98. Shorewood: Chris Babcock 70, Jamie Wright 77, Dane Kraft 96. Jeff Madsen 113. Archbishop Murphy: Sevryn Modahl 80, Luke Bolles 83, Ryan Fenton 86, Ben Thacker 94, Matt Adams 101. Lakewood: Ben Moore 87, Blake Madle 110, Cory Belew 113, Brady Camp 118. Charles Davis 123. King's: Connor Speidel 86, Jeffery Coats 87, Gordon Krippaehne 91, Conner Watts 97, Chris Martin 116. South Whidbey: Harrison Price 75, Jesse Portillo 85, Jerimiah Robey 95, Evan Merculief 99, Quintin Viers 105. Meadowdale: Kenny Hummel 88, Nick Glazewski 92, Brian Feldhaus 92, Joey Haughney 93, Jon Larson 109. Oak Harbor: Elias Whitfoot 78, Caleb Knnack 96, Quinnten Wallace 98, Hunter Adams 106, Raiden Poe NC. Lynnwood: Rudy Caparas 72, Jake Eddy 100, Tyler Scarr 101, Nick Higa 105, Nick Zombor 106. Mountlake Terrace: Matt Jenson 95, Sam Brogi 100, Bradley Koplatz 102, Drew Williams 104, Jevin Pahinni 112.